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Robert J. McKnight Jr., retired bank executive

June 6, 1947 – Jan. 16, 2016

LOCKPORT – Robert J. McKnight, a retired bank executive, died Saturday in his Lockport home under hospice care. He was 68.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Bishop Duffy High School and received his master’s degree in business administration from Canisius College.

Mr. McKnight had a 40-year career in banking, primarily with Marine Midland Bank and HSBC Bank, where he was a senior vice president of commercial lending. After retiring from HSBC in 2005, he became a senior vice president and manager of commercial lending with Greater Buffalo Savings Bank. He was named a senior vice president and commercial market executive with Five Star Bank in 2008.

He was a 25-year member of the board of directors of Eastern Niagara Hospital, formerly Lockport Memorial Hospital, and as chairman of the board guided the hospital through its financial crisis in 1999.

He also was a board member of Niagara Label Co. and the Lockport Rotary Club and was a financial adviser for several companies. He was a member of the Niagara County Industrial Developmental Loan Committee.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Brookfield Country Club, where he served on the board of directors. He also was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Maureen Connery; two daughters, Katherine Haas and Colleen Murray; two brothers, Richard J. and Mark J.; a sister, Mary Calabro; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St.